Walkable Streets

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A mixed-use waterfront for the city

A series of public spaces on the water that would allow people to live, work, and play in a water-related neighborhood in Ithaca—an unusual amenity in Upstate New York.

Fri, Jun 12th 2015 11:43am
A new village for compact regional growth

Form Ithaca examined how spread-out growth in the Town of Ithaca can be reorganized into a village with a complete street connecting to downtown.

Wed, Jun 10th 2015 10:11am
Turning a barrier into a boulevard

One idea explored in Form Ithaca's form-based code design charrette is how to convert a highway into a mixed-use walkable part of the city's urban fabric. 

Mon, Jun 8th 2015 6:39pm
Narrow streets help in bicycle commuting

Philadelphia has Little Asphalt--and that creates a network that allows for appealing pedestrian and bicycle travel.

Thu, May 21st 2015 9:26am
A better plan for the other side of the tracks

On the "wrong side of the railroad tracks" from downtown—The East End of Garland, Texas, has significant potential to revitalize. A new plan shows how that could happen.

Fri, Apr 24th 2015 11:22am
How complete streets help people and economies

Streets re-designed with all users in mind—pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists as well as drivers of motor vehicles—generally deliver safety, environmental, and economic benefits.

Tue, Apr 21st 2015 10:49am
The benefits of removing stop lights

A growing number of experts advocate stop light removal to save money, improve safety, make cities more walkable, and boost traffic flow. 

Mon, Apr 20th 2015 11:22am
Better streets: What's the priority?

In a Place, automobiles might be accommodated but they are not prioritized. Human scale and comfort are what rule, and all subsequent design decisions reflect that.

Wed, Apr 8th 2015 9:05am
The champions of Little Asphalt

One way to understand Little Asphalt is to look at its heroes, what they are doing, and their ideas. Here's a list of 31 Little Asphalt champions.

Mon, Apr 6th 2015 9:51am
The Little Asphalt solution for sustainable, healthy communities

Little Asphalt minimizes pavement in cities, towns, and suburbs so that real estate can be used for higher value purposes—such as buildings and people-centered activities.

Sun, Mar 29th 2015 2:13pm
Complete Streets are safe, effective, affordable, report says

Complete Streets correlate with broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values, according to the most comprehensive study to date of this trend.

Fri, Mar 27th 2015 2:10pm
Top 5 reasons you know you are in Big Asphalt …

You are surrounded by parking lots and pavement so vast you can see the curvature of the Earth.

Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 4:39pm
What (and who) is Big Asphalt, and how does it harm America?

The sheer amount of pavement we lay down is compromising health, safety, and welfare. It is a barrier to livability, complete streets, sprawl repair, and meeting the demand for walkable places.

Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 12:41pm
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot …

“Big Asphalt” has changed the face of America and compromised our health, safety, and welfare—but we can defeat it if we try.

Wed, Mar 18th 2015 2:55pm
The manual for tactical placemaking

A new book covers an emerging trend: Citizens experience urban placemaking in real time, building support for more livable communities in the long run.

Sun, Mar 15th 2015 11:59am
Are you getting the change you want from the status quo?

The future of communities is being written by land-use regulations. If we want to intentionally author our future, we had better get busy and consider the options.

Thu, Mar 5th 2015 5:17pm
Good news, bad news: Placemaking marred by traffic engineering

Bridgeport, CT, is launching a large-scale redevelopment of an underutilized waterfront, but when will engineers understand human ecology?

Wed, Mar 4th 2015 11:51am
Space required in cars and on foot

Cars are space hogs. That goes double when you consider the multiple parking spaces that each car requires.

Thu, Feb 12th 2015 11:23am
Dallas-Fort Worth is a laboratory for placemaking

The region is at a crossroads between Texas-sized sprawl and connected, walkable neighborhoods. Every national issue on land use and transportation is playing out in DFW and will be debated at CNU.

Mon, Feb 9th 2015 11:45am
Can you be an engineer and speak out for reform?

Can a licensed engineer question the appalling safety record resulting from standard industry practices and be allowed to remain in the industry?

Wed, Feb 4th 2015 5:29pm
System A and System B

When the research favors compact, mixed-use neighborhoods, why does government favor sprawl?

Mon, Jan 19th 2015 10:41am
‘Good bones’ are the key to good urbanism

Now we have two systems—one with good bones, completed about 100 years ago. The other, without good bones, comprises most of our metro areas.

Sat, Jan 3rd 2015 3:03pm
Seeking more than a few good transportation engineers

The job is to design street networks as good and sustainable and resilient as the ones we built 100 years ago—better, if possible—and to train more than a few transportation engineers who are up to that task.

Wed, Dec 17th 2014 11:14am
What is a livable community, anyway?

In this modern era, the idea of livable communities may be less real to many people than Santa Claus. Yet as long as love, courage, and excellence are real, so are livable communities.

Tue, Dec 30th 2014 12:11pm
Streets for people, freeways, and a spectacular solution

Seoul reengineers a freeway into a stream—most observers seem to consider the project a net plus for the city.

Wed, Dec 24th 2014 9:46am

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How complete streets help people and economies

Streets re-designed with all users in mind—pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists as well as drivers of motor vehicles—generally deliver safety, environmental, and economic benefits.

Tue, Apr 21st 2015 10:49am
The benefits of removing stop lights

A growing number of experts advocate stop light removal to save money, improve safety, make cities more walkable, and boost traffic flow. 

Mon, Apr 20th 2015 11:22am
Complete Streets are safe, effective, affordable, report says

Complete Streets correlate with broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values, according to the most comprehensive study to date of this trend.

Fri, Mar 27th 2015 2:10pm

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‘Shared-space’ streets cross the Atlantic

Cities in the western and eastern US are starting to let motorists and pedestrians deal with one another more intuitively.

Tue, Feb 16th 2010 2:15pm

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